Revealed: One in 10 British adults has NEVER had a paid job – despite record levels of employment
- As many as 3.6million never worked, the Office for National Statistics revealed
- The number of those who have not worked rose by 270,000 in ten years
- As many as 440,000 cannot work due to illness and 250,000 were marked as ‘unemployed’
Millions of British adults have never been in paid employment, shocking figures have shown, despite record levels of employment.
As many as one in every ten people aged between 16 and 64 have not ever worked, the Office for National Statistics revealed.
The number of those who have not worked rose by 270,000 in ten years. The ONS revealed this week it has hit 3.6million.
It was also revealed women make up 94 per cent of those who have never worked because they are looking after the home.
‘This is partly because women are more likely to take on the bulk of child care,’ the ONS said.
Despite this there has been a 19 per cent fall in the number of women with young children who have never worked. This suggests financial pressures on young families.
Millions of people have never worked across Britain despite unemployment figures being down
About 510,000 people were out of work because they were raising family, the figures revealed. As many as 440,000 cannot work due to illness and 250,000 were marked as ‘unemployed’.
However, a large number of those accounted for are students.
Yesterday’s figures show 180,000 of the overall 3.6million are in education. There has been a 15 per cent increase in the number of 16-24-year-olds who are not working.
Women make up the bulk of parents who stay home to look after their children but there has been a rise in working mothers
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: ‘Employment is at a record high with the number of workless households at its lowest on record and youth unemployment nearly halving since 2010.
‘These figures show young people in full-time education make up around 90% of the rise in the number of people who have never been in paid work.’